Ways To protect your eyes this winter

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 09, 2014

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Your eyes need as much care as any other crucial organ. While winter may appear harmless for your eyes, you should be very careful for them throughout the year. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your eyes healthy and safe.
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    Care For Your Eyes

    Your eyes are the windows to life around you. Losing eyes to diseases or other risk factors is one of the greatest loses. Life can never be the same without eyes. However, looking after your eyes is not difficult at all. Here is how you can protect your eyes this winter and keep them healthy while maintaining correct vision. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Rest Your Eyes

    Whether you are a student, a professional or a housewife, it is very likely that you put your eyes through a lot of hard work during the day.  Staring at the computer screen for long may take a toll on your eyes. Instead of waiting for a bad news, be proactively protective of your eyes. Allow your eyes to get ample amount of daily rest. Make sure you take small, frequent breaks between every activity that puts your eyes under continuous stress. One of the best ways to ensure rest to your eyes is to get ample sleep every day. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Regular Check-ups

    You should keep your eyes healthy, but how would you even know if your eyes are fine or not? To keep your eyes healthy you need to keep them safe and to keep them safe you should consult your eye care provider from time to time. Get your eyes checked regularly once a year or at least once every two years. An eye exam can determine the risk for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy as well as ensure that the prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses is up-to-date. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Physical Exams

    While eye checkups can help determine the risk factors directly associated with your eyes, you should also regularly get a physical exam done to check for conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. If left undetected or untreated these conditions can cause eye problems. Diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to problems including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Exercise Frequently

    Several studies have suggested that regular exercise such as walking and swimming not only help you to stay fit but also help your eyes to stay healthy, keeping several age-related problems at bay. Regular exercises can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent. You should consult your eye care provider for exercises that can help your overall well-being, including your eyes. Don't let winter slow you down. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    No UV, No Smoke

    Winter may appear soothing and less sunny as compared with summer, however the risk for harm from UV rays stays on. Protect your eyes from the harmful UV light even in winters. Wear sunglasses with proper UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays and reduce the risk of cataracts and other forms of eye damage. To keep your eyes healthy you should also avoid smoking. People who smoke are at greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Eat Healthy

    You should eat a balanced and healthful diet to keep your eyes healthy. Several studies have shown that antioxidants can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. These antioxidants are obtained from eating a healthful diet containing plentiful of fruits and colorful or dark green vegetables. Avoid unhealthy foods and switch to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy ones. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Stay Alert

    If you ever notice a slight change in your vision, immediately consult your eye care provider. Trouble signs such as double vision, hazy vision and difficulty seeing in low light conditions can be warning signs of a developing eye problem. Other signs may include frequent flashes of light, floaters, eye pain and swelling. Stay alert and don't ignore a warning sign. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Know your Risk

    You should understand your risk of developing eye problems. If you are above the age of 60 years, you are at a higher risk of developing eye problem than you were 20 years ago. Medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can also put you at a higher risk of eye problems. Consult your eye doctor to understand your risk levels to accordingly device your eye care plan. Image Courtesy: Getty

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